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The Colts won the opening coin toss and elected to receive. A flea-flicker pass from Andrew Luck to Reggie Wayne went for 35-yards, getting Indy into San Diego territory. The Colts picked up another pair of first downs, but the defense held on 3rd and 4, limiting the damage to an Adam Vinatieri field goal and a 3-0 lead for Indianapolis. On offense for the first time, the Chargers gained nine yards of first down but were forced to punt. The defense responded in kind forcing a three and out. Back with the ball, the Bolts were forced to punt for a second consecutive drive and a booming Mike Scifres punt had the Colts starting their third drive on their own seven yard line. On 3rd and 1, Luck rolled out but was harassed by Corey Liguet who forced the Colts to punt. Philip Rivers then completed two third down passes, one to rookie sensation Keenan Allen and one to Antonio Gates. The Chargers finally had the ball in Indianapolis territory after the first 15 minutes of play.
Just under three minutes into the second quarter, Rivers hit Allen on a perfectly thrown 22 yard pass that the rookie receiver dove and caught in the end zone. The score gave the Chargers a 7-3 lead. After allowing a first down, the defense behind a loud Qualcomm Stadium, forced a punt.
What happened next was a 17 play drive which ended with a Nick Noval field goal. The drive was the longest scoring drive of the season for the Bolts, putting San Diego ahead 10-3. With just under two minutes remaining in the half, the Colts moved the ball down the field setting up a 50-yard field goal attempt that Vinatieri drilled, making it 10-6 at half.
Starting the second half with the ball, the Bolts strung together another long 11-play drive in just under six minutes that extended the lead to 13-6. On their first possession of the third quarter, Indianapolis converted a pair of 3rd and1’s before the Bolts defense forced an incompletion on 3rd and 3. Pat McAfee dropped in a punt that backed the Chargers to their own 10 yard line. The team picked up two first downs out to their own 36 yard line as the third quarter came to an end.
The Chargers got down to the Colts 15 yard line with a deep pass to Ladarius Green and a couple of strong runs by Ryan Matthew, Danny Woodhead and Le’Ron McClain. After Rivers was sacked, Novak drilled his third field goal of the game for a 16-6 advantage. Indy responded with a quick strike on offense as two completions to Reggie Wayne had them in Chargers territory.
Kendall Reyes had a monster nine yard sack on second down to force a 3rd and 19. The Chargers stropped them on third down, setting up a 51-yard field goal that Vinatieri nailed to trim the lead to 16-9. Rivers and the offense came back on the field only gaining one first down forced to punt the ball away. The Colts then went three and out forcing them to punt from deep in their territory. The Chargers offense took over near midfield with just over three minutes remaining in the game. With a couple of first downs, the Charges offense set up Nick Novak to kick a 51 yard field goal and put the Chargers up by 10 at the two minute warning. With one last ditch effort, the Colts tried to rally but their drive ended in a Chargers interception. The Bolts offense took the field to drain the clock to zero.
Common theme here is, total team effort from the likes of Keenan Allen, Ryan Matthews, Danny Woodhead and Kendall Reyes which is exactly what they’ll need against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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